While a teenage girl, Barb wasn’t eaten by Demogorgon and hauled into a topsy turvy world, there’s more truth to the tale of Hawkins, Indiana than you might suspect.
Stranger Things‘ leading character is played by Millie Bobby Brown — visualizing the super-powered 'Eleven.' Prior storylines focused on Eleven being exposed to horrifying experiments and attempting to bridle her mind control powers.
While a lot has been augmented to homage the semblance of 'E.T.the Extra-Terrestrial,' some of it is based in actuality.
The Guardian ran a feature on how Stranger Things takes its impact from America’s Project MKUltra during the 1950s. It’s everything obscure — and most records were decimated when Project MKUltra ended in 1973 — yet the underlying reason is that a shady government association was sedating American citizens.
The bits of gossip propose Project MKUltra was testing subjects for mind control, clairvoyance, ESP, psychic fighting, and “remote survey.” As Eleven has shown us, distant viewing is where you see things occurring in a different part of the world.
Speaking to Vulture, Matt Duffer said: “When we were first starting to talk about the idea [for the show], we had talked about a paranormal-missing child storyline."
The co-creator explained of how they were talking about some of the mysterious government experiments that they felt were happening at the tail end of the Cold War, right when speculated [projects] like MKUltra was ramping down.
After ProjectMKUltra ended, a 1977 senate board of trustees (titled, “Project MKUltra, the CIA’s Program of Research in Behavioral Modification”) presumed agents had “drugged American people without their insight.”
Admittedly, the advantageous destruction of Project MKUltra’s paperwork makes it almost difficult to find out what went on, but just like Area 51, it sure had a myriad of mystery.
The Guardian reminds the idea of sleeper specialists, and dubious dealings that most of us will never acknowledge about have appeared in everything from the Bourne movies to The X-Files, The Manchurian Candidate to Fringe. Stranger Things wasn’t the first to take advantage on the idea of these hidden smoke screens.